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game recap

Hurricanes 6, Capitals 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 6, Capitals 3
Carolina Hurricanes 6, Washington Capitals 3

WASHINGTON (AP) -When the top team in the Eastern Conference and the worst one got together, the result was, unsurprisingly, a high-scoring blowout.

The unexpected twist was that the last-place Hurricanes were skating circles around the high-flying Washington Capitals.

Eric Staal had two goals and three assists to help the Carolina Hurricanes end a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night.

"It feels good," Staal said. "We haven't had a lot of those this year. Hopefully we can follow this up and continue to play well."

Jussi Jokinen added a goal and two assists. Tuomo Ruutu also had a goal and an assist while Matt Cullen added two assists as Carolina stopped Washington's three-game winning streak and got just its second road victory this season.

"It feels good," Staal said. "We haven't had a lot of those this year. Hopefully we can follow this up and continue to play well."

Staal and linemates Jokinen and Cullen combined for 10 points and caused trouble for Washington all night. Cullen finished plus-3 while Staal and Jokinen both ended up plus-4.

Carolina entered the game with 25 points, 12 behind second-worst Toronto. Washington had 54 points, but New Jersey took over first place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over Atlanta.

"You look at their standings, and you look at how hard they played, (and) I find it hard to believe they are where they are," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We know them as a divisional opponent that plays hard against us all the time, and tonight was no exception."

The Capitals traded captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to Columbus for Jason Chimera earlier in the day and looked flat early, as the league's top-scoring team managed just four shots on goal in the first period.

But Boudreau and some players waved off talk that the deal affected the players.

"It's a hard situation for us because we lost our captain and a great guy," said Washington's Alex Ovechkin. "They're both good players, but it's a business and you can do nothing about it."

Carolina took charge early as the Hurricanes scored on three of their first nine shots. They beat goalie Jose Theodore three times in a stretch of 6 minutes, 46 seconds on shots from near the goal.

Ruutu scored first, putting in the rebound of Staal's shot at 7:44 of the first period. Staal made it 2-0 at 10:14 and Jokinen got the third goal at 14:30.

"The only way you're going to play against this team is if you're going to skate," Maurice said. "If you give them an extra foot-and-a-half of ice to play on, they're going to beat you and make you look bad doing it."

But the Capitals began to rally after that. Mike Green and Eric Fehr scored in the second period, and Ovechkin cut it to 4-3 on a power-play goal early in the third period.

Alexander Semin, who agreed to terms on a one-year, $6 million contract extension on Saturday, and Green assisted on that goal.

But Staal then got an assist on Sergei Samsonov's goal with 10 minutes left and added a late empty-net goal.

NOTES: Nicklas Backstrom drew a four-minute high-sticking penalty in the first period. He had only 12 penalty minutes all season before that. ... This was Washington's first Southeast Division loss this year; the Capitals are 8-1 there... Carolina is 2-13-4 on the road. ... Cullen now has four assists in the last two games.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:44
CAR
PPG - Tuomo Ruutu (11) ASST: Eric Staal (16), Ray Whitney (15)
1 - 0 CAR
10:14
CAR
Eric Staal (7) ASST: Matt Cullen (13), Jussi Jokinen (13)
2 - 0 CAR
14:30
CAR
Jussi Jokinen (11) ASST: Matt Cullen (14), Eric Staal (17)
3 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
01:14
WSH
PPG - Mike Green (9) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (10), Alex Ovechkin (23)
3 - 1 CAR
03:32
CAR
Brandon Sutter (10) ASST: Tuomo Ruutu (14)
4 - 1 CAR
12:56
WSH
Eric Fehr (9) ASST: Brooks Laich (18)
4 - 2 CAR
3rd Period
01:22
WSH
PPG - Brooks Laich (11) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (24), Mike Green (29)
4 - 3 CAR
10:00
CAR
Sergei Samsonov (7) ASST: Eric Staal (18), Jussi Jokinen (14)
5 - 3 CAR
18:28
CAR
EN - Eric Staal (8) ASST: NONE
6 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
04:47
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Hi-sticking against  Jussi Jokinen
04:47
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Hi-sticking against  Jussi Jokinen
05:48
WSH
Mike Green  Hooking against  Jussi Jokinen
19:27
CAR
Eric Staal  Hooking against  Mike Green
2nd Period
06:27
CAR
Sergei Samsonov  Too many men on the ice
08:42
CAR
Eric Staal  Hi-sticking against  Brooks Laich
19:18
CAR
Aaron Ward  Holding the stick against  Tomas Fleischmann
3rd Period
00:31
CAR
Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Brooks Laich
07:53
WSH
Brendan Morrison  Slashing against  Sergei Samsonov
11:56
WSH
Brooks Laich  Diving
11:56
CAR
Brett Carson  Holding against  Karl Alzner
goalie stats
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
5-13-5
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .903SH: 1 - 1
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
9-6-4
SA: 25TOI: 59:14
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 1